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Egypt arrests Morsi-era justice minister Ahmed Suleiman

Egypt's government has led a far-reaching crackdown on dissent [Getty]

Date of publication: 5 December, 2018

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Former Justice Minister Ahmed Suleiman, who served under President Mohamed Morsi in 2013, was detained in his home late on Tuesday.
Egypt’s former minister of justice was arrested by Egyptian security forces, according to judicial sources quoted by the Turkish state-run news agency.

Former Justice Minister Ahmed Suleiman, who served under President Mohamed Morsi in 2013, was detained in his home late on Tuesday, reported Anadolu.

He resigned shortly after the former president was overthrown.

The news was circulated on Twitter after tweets revealing the arrest was posted by former judges Ayman al-Wardani and Walid Sharabi.

The Egyptian Revolutionary Council confirmed the news, although Egypt’s official authorities have yet to comment.

Since Morsi's overthrow, Egypt's government has led a far-reaching crackdown on dissent, including against journalists, activists and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Hundreds of Morsi supporters have been sentenced to death, while the former president and top Brotherhood figures have also faced trial.

The UN and human rights groups have condemned Egypt's liberal use of death sentences, while Amnesty International have said men condemned to death were tortured into making confessions.

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